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  • Defensive Driving: Five Keys to Keeping Employees Safe on the Road


    Driving from one location to another is a routine part of most employees' daily activities. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most hazardous. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that more fatal work injuries resulted from roadway incidents than from any other event in 2014.

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  • Workplace Drug and Alcohol Policies are More Powerful than Ever


    In addition to protecting employees and reducing injuries, the enhanced penalties of the 2005 revision of the Missouri Workers Compensation Act make it even more beneficial for policyholders to create and enforce drug and alcohol policies. Significant revisions by the Missouri legislature now make these policies even more powerful at discouraging drug and alcohol use in the workplace. Read more for details and a recent example of how this Act makes a difference.

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  • Tragedy Avoided: Employee's Life Saved by a Seat Belt


    Although seat belt safety is enforced by many employers, statistics show many people still ignore important safety practices. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 68.3 percent of vehicle occupants who died in Missouri car crashes from 2011 to 2013 were not buckled up. Seat belts save lives, and most recently, Goodrich Gas was a great testament of this claim.

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  • Safety Stand-Downs: A Great Time to Bring Up Injury Prevention


    According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls from elevation continue to be the leading cause of death among construction employees, with 345 of the 899 reported fatalities recorded in 2014. In addition to this alarming statistic, OSHA reported that 23 percent of all workplace fatalities in the Kansas City region involved vehicle-related “struck by” incidents from 2012-15.

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  • Don't Let Workplace Hazards Trip You Up


    Slips, trips and falls are part of everyday life sometimes even seem funny. They are also the No. 1 cause of workplace injuries, with costs averaging $47,696 per lost-time claim. Unfortunately, these injuries often result in pain and suffering for your employees, as well as significant workers compensation costs for your business. This makes slips, trips and falls not so funny, but they are preventable.

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  • SLC 2016: Compliance and OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule

    Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:51:00 +0000

    Tressi Cordaro, principal at Jackson Lewis P.C., discussed OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica rule and how it will affect the construction industry.

    While the respirable silica rule isn’t in effect until June 23, 2017 for the construction industry, safety professionals are questioning whether they will be able to stay compliant.

    Tressi Cordaro, principal at Jackson Lewis P.C., gave Safety Leadership Conference attendees a road map to its respirable crystalline silica rule and answered some of those questions.

     “It’s just about everywhere, and trying to regulate it is problematic,” Cordaro said. “The question is can employers feasibly do what OSHA is asking them to do?”

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  • Biomechanical Risk Factors for Musculoskeletal Disorders: What’s New?

    Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:14:00 +0000

    As a practicing certified professional ergonomist (CPE), one of my main jobs is to talk with safety professionals and engineers about the workplace risk factors that lead to musculoskeletal disorders.

    I teach EHS professionals about the biomechanical risk factors of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and their associated threshold values, which are incorporated into common MSD risk assessment tools such as ACGIH’s threshold limit value (TLV) for hand-activity level (HAL), the NIOSH Lifting Equation and the Snook & Ciriello psychophysical guidelines for pushing, pulling and carrying activities.

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  • World Heart Day and AEDs: Enabling Regular People to be Heroes for 20 Years

    Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:16:00 +0000

    As we celebrate World Heart Day, Philips celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first automated external defibrillator designed for the layperson with a campaign to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest.

    September 29 is World Heart Day, which is the World Heart Federation's (and the world's!) biggest platform for raising awareness about cardiovascular disease (CVD). 

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  • SLC 2016: OSHA Citations: The Best Defense Is a Good Offense

    Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:10:00 +0000

    OSHA’s super-sized change in fines makes it even more crucial for companies to avoid OSHA citations.

    What’s the saying? “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time?”

    That seems to be OSHA’s attitude about alleged occupational safety and health violations. To reinforce that point, the agency now has increased fines for the first time since 1990, raising them from $70,000 to $124,709 for a single willful or repeat violation and from $7,000 to $12,471 for a serious or other-than-serious violation.

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  • SLC 2016: Subcontractor Safety Requirements [Photo Gallery]

    Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:47:00 +0000

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  • Drug and Alcohol Recognition Training

    Do you know what to do if an employee demonstrates characteristics of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while at work?

    Join Safety Fanatic Mark Woodward from Missouri Employers Mutual and John Throckmorton from TOMO Drug Testing to learn how you, as a supervisor, can address these problems.

    This engaging and informative seminar is open to the public free of charge (a $75 value per person). Participants who complete the full session will receive a Certificate of Completion indicating compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requirements, and most state requirements for Supervisor Drug and Alcohol Recognition Training.

    7:30 a.m.  Registration begins. Continental breakfast provided.

    8 a.m.-noon Seminar

    Oct. 13—Kansas City
                   Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts
                   4747 Flora
                   Kansas City, MO 64110

    Nov. 2—Springfield
                 Meyer Orthopedic Rehabilitation Hospital
                 3535 S. National Ave.
                 Springfield, MO 65807

    Nov. 3—St. Louis
                Carpenter's District Council of Greater St. Louis
                Hall #2
                1401 Hampton Ave.
                St. Louis, MO 63139

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  • School Safety Conference

    Gather with your peers from area Kansas City schools to learn ways to improve the safety of students and educators. Join us as we address a number of factors that can lead to saving lives and work comp costs.

    Active Shooter and Unknown Intention Intruder Preparedness: A Comprehensive Approach
    Vaughn Baker, Strategos International
    Preparing for the possibility of unauthorized persons attempting to gain access to your facility is considered a worse-case scenario. Although this is something all schools should prepare for, you should also prepare for other types of “unknown intention” intruders. These include: non-custodial parent(s), police fugitives, estranged spouse of a staff member, or a former disgruntled employee.

    Employment Concerns for Injured Employees, Policy and Procedure Development
    Nancy M. Leonard, Partner—Office Head, St. Louis - e-Law Practice Group Co-Chair
    Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, www.constangy.com

    Discover ways to manage employees who suffer injuries on the job, taking into consideration laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and workers compensation laws.

    Safety and Injury Management Plans: Must Haves for Schools
    Lynn Peoples, Field Service Manager and Mark Woodward, Senior Loss Prevention Trainer
    Missouri Employers Mutual, www.mem-ins.com

    Learn simple and effective ways to improve staff safety and reduce work-related injuries and their associated costs, including: simple strategies for communicating safety messages, promoting safety expectations and managing workers compensation claims effectively. Important work comp metrics and cost savings strategies will be discussed.

    Group Brainstorming Activity: What Works!
    Guided by the MEM seminar facilitators, you will share strategies and ideas that have had a positive safety impact. Bring a pen and notepad, and be ready to take down these great ideas for use in your school!

    Read and print the conference brochure for more details.

    Oct. 27
    8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Kansas City Public Schools Auditorium
    1211 McGee St.
    Kansas City, MO 64106

    *Conference is limited to 30 particpants, register early.

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